Sunday, July 29, 2012
Three things we learned on Day 4
By Rich Cimini
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Another day at training camp:
1. Rex Ryan really, really, really wants to run the ball. Most teams emphasize the running game in the first full-pads practice, but the Jets took it to another degree. They ran on 22 consecutive plays at the outset, including plays from a 9-on-7 drill. "Twenty-two straight? I don't even know if I envisioned that much," Ryan said. Clearly, Ryan wanted to send a message and establish a tone. The Jets want to play Ground & Pound, and this was the start. Power football is a mentality. They lost it last season and desperately want it back.
2. Tebow not the only rain man: As promised, Ryan is back to being a presence in defensive meetings. He felt he lost touch with his roots last season, and he's making a concerted effort to get his hands dirty again. Said Bart Scott: "It's Rex's defense. Nobody can teach the defense like he can. He's the defensive version of Rain Man. He can teach things people don't see." Here's how I read that: Ryan will be calling the plays again on D.
3. Poor reception. The Jets continue to talk up their young receivers (well, except for Ryan calling out Jeremy Kerley), but I'm skeptical. In Sunday's practice, the receivers struggled to gain separation, as Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow were a combined 2-for-14. Yes, rookie Stephen Hill has talent, and ex-Raider Chaz Schilens has flashed some ability, but they could use another veteran in the mix. I'd call former Jet Braylon Edwards, who's starting to work out for teams. He auditioned for the Dolphins and will work out for the Seahawks, a source said. He has a knee issue that needs to be checked out, but I'd bring him in for a look-see.